Final: Missouri 42, Iowa State 28
The Tigers stopped the Cyclones and appeared to score a touchdown on their ensuing possession when Maclin caught a Daniel pass from midfield and raced down the sidelines to the end zone. However, the referees ruled that Maclin stepped out of bounds at the Iowa State 28. It didn’t matter, though, when Maclin scored on a 17-yard reverse to give the Tigers a 42-21 edge.
After weeks of progress, the MU defense appears to have regressed against the Cyclones. Iowa State’s Robinson ripped through the middle of the MU defense on fourth-and-1, scoring on a 37-yard rush to close the deficit to 42-28 midway through the fourth quarter.
That was the last time either team would score. Iowa State would threaten late, but defensive lineman Ziggy Hood sacked Meyer, forcing a turnover on downs.
Third quarter: Missouri 35, Iowa State 21
The Tigers couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half. The Tigers pinned Iowa State deep inside its own territory on the opening kickoff. Then on third down, defensive end Stryker Sulak sacked Meyer, causing him to fumble. The ball rolled into the end zone and was covered up by defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams for a touchdown. The Tigers converted a two-point conversion when Daniel hit receiver Will Franklin to make the score 28-14.
The Tigers seemed to stop Iowa State on its next possession at its own 18 until Robinson rushed for a 32-yard gain on third down. The Cyclones then converted on another third down after a 15-yard completion to Derrick Catlett to the MU 2-yard line. Fittingly, the Cyclones scored a touchdown on another third-down conversion, this time on a fade pass to receiver Marquis Hamilton in the corner of the end zone. MU led 28-24.
The Tigers responded, using a mixture of Daniel passes and Temple runs to get to the Cyclones’ 10. Daniel finished the drive by throwing a screen pass to Rucker, who bullied his way into the end zone, giving MU a 35-21 lead.
The Tigers stopped Iowa State on its next drive and got the ball back at their own 13. The quarter ended when MU punted to Iowa State.
Halftime: Missouri 20, Iowa State 14
The Tigers opened the second quarter by punting to Iowa State.
The Cyclones started their third drive at their own 21. They drove to MU’s 43-yard line, but would get no farther. Cornerback Del Howard broke up a deep pass on third down, forcing Iowa State to punt.
The Tigers’ next drive started at their own 7-yard line. On third down, Daniel threw a pass that was intended for Martin Rucker. However, the ball deflected off his hands and was intercepted by ISU cornerback Devin McDowell, who returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. The score cut the Tigers' lead to 14-7.
After the errant throw, the Tigers’ running game fueled the offense on its next drive. Jackson and receiver Jeremy Maclin combined for three big runs, helping MU get to the Cyclones’ 18-yard line. Kicker Jeff Wolfert made a 36-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 17-7 lead.
Iowa State’s next drive looked to stall until a pass interference penalty was called on MU, giving the Cyclones an automatic first down. The new life seemed to awaken Iowa State's running game when running back Alexander Robinson gained 10 and 21 yards on consecutive rushes. Meyer capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown.
Since when is 20 seconds not enough time for the Tigers to score? A pass interference call on Iowa State helped MU get into Iowa State territory. Daniel scrambled for a few yards on the next play. Then Maclin caught a pass to the Iowa State 29 before stepping out of bounds with one second left. Wolfert then kicked a 48-yard field goal to end the half, giving the Tigers a 20-14 lead.
First quarter: Missouri 14, Iowa State 0
The Missouri Tigers received the ball to open the game and immediately established themselves as the aggressors against the Iowa State Cyclones.
Tight end Martin Rucker caught three passes from quarterback Chase Daniel, putting the Tigers deep in Iowa State territory. Running back Tony Temple gained nine yards on his first carry since an ankle injury sidelined him the past two games. Jimmy Jackson, the Tigers’ new goal line threat, scored a touchdown on a one-yard burst up the middle to give MU an early 7-0 lead.
The Tigers’ defense was equally impressive the first time it came on the field. The defense gave up one first down to the Cyclones before forcing them to punt.
The Tigers ran their “Monster” play on their second drive, where each offensive lineman stands about three yards apart from each other. Daniel threw the ball to receiver Tommy Saunders, who scrambled about 20 yards in the backfield before picking up three yards and a first down. Little-used receiver Jason Ray also contributed, making back-to-back catches, including one that went for 13 yards. Tony Temple finished the drive by scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run. At that point, Daniel had completed his first 11 passes of the game for 103 yards.
The Cyclones converted on two consecutive third downs on their next drive. Third time wasn't a charm, however, as Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer was sacked by MU defensive end Stryker Sulak for a nine-yard loss on third-and-long.
The first quarter ended with the Tigers on offense near their own 30-yard line